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Marlinspike Hall smaller than life

Discover the making of the impressive 1/10th scale model of Marlinspike Hall.

1/10th scale model of Marlinspike Hall
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
From 1943 onwards, Marlinspike Hall will become Captain Haddock's home base. This magnificent residence will bring together the main characters of The Adventures of Tintin, such as Snowy, Thomson and Thompson, Professor Calculus , Castafiore, Nestor, as well as many occasional and sometimes inappropriate visitors.
Therefore it was appropriate to present this mythical place during the creation of the HERGÉ exhibition, inaugurated on 28 September 2016 in Paris at invitation of the Grand Palais. A first 1/10th scale model of Marlinspike Hall was modelled for the occasion. More than 300,000 visitors were able to admire this meticulous work. Captain Haddock's miniature home then travelled around the world just like Tintin and his friends.
Today, a second HERGÉ exhibition is being prepared and a new model will soon see the day.
The dimensions and materials are identical, but the production of a model is unique. Each element is carefully created by hand, and a model of this size represents hours of work and patience.

Making of in pictures

© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
Some numerical details
  • Scale: 1/10th
  • Overall dimensions: 200 cm (length) x 70 cm (width) x 180 cm (height)
  • Number of slates: circa 8000
  • Number of bricks: circa 5000
  • Pots of Ecoline: cira 30
  • Pots of gouache: circa 12
  • Front windows: 40
  • Roof windows: 26
  • Tubes of glue: 30 tubes so far...
The material
  • Foam board (3,5,10 mm thick) and single white board 1 mm
  • Ecoline and gouache for slates and bedrock
  • Dry pastel in various shades for the bricks
  • Sienna color and grey coloured leaves
  • Tracing paper and plexiglas for the windows
  • Various glues
  • Cutter blades
  • Walnut wood for the frames
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